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Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm EST
. >> mike viqueria our white house correspondent thank you very much. >> all righty. >> president obama is heading to south africa to head the delegation hong honoring former president nelson mandela. with him are first lady michelle obama and presidents clinton and carter are expected to attend the services. george h.w. bush will be the only living u.s. president who will not be in attendance. the town where the former president grew up, workers are setting up a massive dome ahead of the state funeral which takes place on sunday. nelson mandela will lie in state at pretoria. from wednesday through sun. desmond tutu, the nelson mandela center, hosting a service to celebrate the iconic leader. as allen schauffler, reports: >> this is nelson mandela square one of the tribute sites set up around this country. it is also the heart of high end retail in johannesburg in one of the richest districts in this country. and as we found out today, many of the people who work in this neighborhood as you might expect live in a very different world. mandela square mall in santon, some of the most expensi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:00am EST
you very much. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa at this hour. he's heading the u.s. delegation there. >> reporter: president's bush and former first lady laura, and former president clinton will also be going, desmond t tutu is taking part and right now the nelson mandela center is holding ceremonies to honor the normal r president. we have more on how the people of africa are remembering nelson mandela. he was a father figure. the world may be watching the big events but there are smaller events taking place as well. it appears we lost alan, but he's back. >> reporter: we're at nelson mandela square. this is one of those areas that you were mentions. this is one of the districts in jojohannesburg. there will be places like this all over this country, and there has been a steady stream of people coming in from that corner all day long. one set of people who will be posing in front of the statue, the 25-foot statue of nelson mandela down there. another cordoned off stream of people who want to see the flowers and notes left earlier today. there was another group bein
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm EST
ways parallel tracts. talk about the u.s., and apartheid in south africa, right? >> we picketed with with them. we were there. >> we appreciate it. and president obama has paid tribute to the life of nelson mandela as well. >> that swept college campuses at that time, the first time he ever spoke to a public audience, he had said many times was on behalf of nelson mandela and the antiapartheid movement. he came to the briefing room, he spoke very eloquently. here is more of what he had to say. >> at his trial in 1964. nelson mandela closed a statement from the dock, says i have fought against white domination. uh it is an ideal which i hope to live for, and to achieve. but if needs be, it is an ideal for which i'm prepared to die. >> nelson mandela. made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. today he has gone home. and we have lost one of the most influential courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. >> as a newly elected senator in 2005, senator obama ma n
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 1:00pm EST
carter and obama. >> right. now, president obama in south africa today also shook hands with robert is even hugs the president. do you think all this was planned? was it by design that he shook the hands with him? >> well, i mean i think it would have been hard to avoided these figures and there are probably many other hands he shook that you haven't mentioned. what that would have sent a much stronger message, and one that he did not want to send. with the brazilian president in particular, yes, the spying scandal and revelations have hurt relations, but i think there's a recognition in washington, that she has to respond the way she did. she has domestic concerns of her own, and it struck me watching the body language, that it isn't personal between them. i think they chatted and i think there's a feeling that that rift will with mended at some point. although it's very real for the moment. >> but obama doesn't always make any efforts a lot of effort to hide his discomfort around trip the russian leader vladimir putin. we all remember the image of the two of them at the g.a. summi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
you so much. that report from soweto in south africa. >> president obama called nelson mandela's wife to express condolences. the president and first lady will go to sav yes. obama meant nelson mandela in 2005. former presidents clinton and bush will also attend next week. >> 21 women were convicted of taking part in a protest supporting former president mohamed morsi's reinstatement in july. 14 were handed 11-year gaol terms. the minors were sentenced to juvenile detention. supporters of the government and their sentences were handed down in the same week as a restricted new protest law. bernard smith is in cairo for the latest. >> do the young women stand a chance of winning an appeal? >> good morning. the appeal hearings have finished in cairo. the judge have gone into recess, there are two separate courts. seven of those are classed as girls, two as young as 15. in the other court the other 14 women aged between 17 and 18. as you say. hands down hefty sentences, 11 years for being involvement in a protest. some were passing at the time. the intrim president. such was the back
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 6:00pm EST
leaders are making their way to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela. president obama and the first lady took off on air force 1. secretary of defense chuck hagel ordered the u.s. military to transport troops from burundi to central african republic. a blast of severe weather wreaked havoc across the northeast. causing car accidents pileups, i-95 corridor from washington, d.c. to boston tomorrow. >>> the clock is ticking once again for congress. for lawmakers it is the final week of the year. both houses in washington at the same time and both houses facing a laundry list of items to be voted on. the budget, a new spending bill would help avoid a government shutdowns like the one in october. libby casey joins us from capitol hill. hammering out a budget deal isn't the only thing congress is trying to accomplish this week. what else tops that agenda? >> that's right. the farm bill expires and with that, things that affect dairy prices and subsidies, a defense bill and we are seeing some signs of movement or progress tony. leaders of the house armed services committee say they f
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 2:00am EST
. president obama met nelson mandela in 2005 and will travel to south africa to attend memorial services. he'll be joined by former presidents bill clinton and george bush. >> 2013 is poised to be the best year for hire since 2005, before the recession. year low and is at 7%.l to a of the u.s. economy gained more jobs than it expected, adding 203,000 positions just last month. the gains were low spread in low and high-earning positions. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> new unemployment figures are good news for the white house, they've been waiting for this for some time, and whether it matters economically or to many people, millions out of work and those what have given up looking for work. it's good news for the barack obama administration. with unemployment insurance to expire for 1.3 million if condepress doesn't act by the end. month, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an end to the cut if growth improves, gdp, in the last court, and down to 7% on friday, the lowest in five years. the administration says unemployment insurance has t
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 4:00pm EST
there. dozens of others are en route. president obama and the first lady left for south africa, board air force 1 joined by george bush and his wife. are ali velshi is leading our team in johannesburg. ali, set the scene for us literally hours before the event tomorrow in johannesburg. >> well it's gone cold, tony, it's raining tonight in johannesburg. it was a clear day. police were setting up barricades and rerouting. you could see dignitaries coming in and police convoys. as you said jimmy carter is here as well. george w. bush, bill clinton will be here, world leaders from all over the place. i had a chance to sit down with jimmy carter, who knew nelson mandela very well. he was on the same plane coming down. he said in all the times he knew nelson mandela, he never said thank you to the u.s. government to end apartheid. here's why. >> i would say i had many talks with nelson mandela. i never heard him say, that he was grateful to the united states. he was grateful to cuba, he was grateful to others that spoke up for him while he was still in prison. he was grateful to the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 5:30pm EST
suddenly he called him, from his et here in room just down the georgetown. and president obama came to see him. so it is a lifetime of inspiration, there are obvious parallels. of course, his father from the continent of africa, them son mandela, the president being the first african-american president, it's almost too obvious to point out the deep rest nantz there. between these two men. and obviously someone that president obama looked up to a great deal. >> mike, appreciate that, thank you. >> joining us now he is a professor from ucla.'s goo, one of the real joys of this moment, is going to be had a personal association. with nelson mandela if you want to take a look with the former south african president. >> well, i have known about nelson mandela since i started studying and he had always been promptly inspirational. i met him for the first time after he had been released from prison. for all of that time in the 70's and 80's he was in prison. i was struck particularly by 1 point that president obama just made. he did indeed take action with the demonstration about apartheid.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 11:00pm EST
shows me equipment that nelson mandela used. >> in a few hours south africa begins a national day of mourning. president obama arrives for the official memorial of 90,000 in a stadium down the road. it will be an emotional memorial that we have seen in a long time. >> the first generation of children born since apartheid are learning about it. we have more about the generation known as the born-free. >> a first-time visit to africa's parliament. these views were not born when nelson mandela delivered his first address as president outside south africa. now an idea to learn about the democracy born at that time. >> there was an emblem in front. that is where the president sits. the president sits there alone. this is where he has his own place. >> from the tour guide an anecdote indicating that the break can get it wrong. >> the former president was making a speech. he noticed a red button flicking. he didn't know what was going on. he stopped to find out. he was told, "mr president. you don't have to worry. no one's life is in danger. the reason the red button goes on and on is yo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 2:00pm EST
80,000 or so at tops in this 92,000 seat stadium, interestingly, president barack obama got the biggest cheers of the day, and south african president was booed whenever his face appears on the big screen. the president apparently out of favor with some in south africa right now. a tremendous energic dancing chanting stomping crowd on hand, and here is the way some of them looked at the important of this dre. >> we no no, you have to be happy, for everything that is done. we are so happy, happy, we hope you will make sure that we keep each and everything that hesitates as a south african, and all of the world. >> some of the people in that stadium were there for nine hours. nine long soggy hours. his body will lie in state for the next three years. he will buried in his home village on sunday. >> that is al jazeera's allen, again, recapping the events that have taken place, and the events that are still to come. south africa and the world will still have a few more days to pay tribute, beginning tomorrow, and running through friday, his body will lie in state at the union buildi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 2:00am EST
. and president obama sounds off on the deal to reduce iran's capabilities, why he is cautiously optimistic about the agreement. >> the week of tributes to nelson mandela began with a national day of prayer in south africa. [ singing ] >> churches of all faiths honoured the former president. the official memorial service will be held tuesday in johannesburg. nick schifrin has this report from south africa where people remember how nelson mandela helped to unify a once-torn nation. >> nelson mandela talked about a rainbow nation. his struggle wasn't just on behalf of black south africans, but all south africans. >> nelson mandela wanted to build a nation united in diversity. citizens young and old, of all races and religions, say he created that union. at an interfaith service south africans celebrated opportunities and respect. >> we need to tolerate diversities. it's an important model. >> this allows us to be united and proud of our differences. >> down the road at an indian rally this woman thank nelson mandela on behalf of her children. >> madeba made the change. >> she used
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 11:00pm EST
born 85 years ago. words of sympathy to nelson mandela's widow. president obama called nelson mandemandela's wife to express s condolcondolences. >>> john takes us through all of the events that will honor nelson mandela in the coming days. >> south africa is preparing for a whole week of morning for mour nelson mandela who died in his sleep peacefully. sunday is being designated as a national day of prayer and reflection. which the country's 52 million people are being asked to remember nelson mandela in their thaitthoughts and prayers. the next poir important day is tuesday. that is when a memorial will be held at the soccer stadium. it is known locally as the calabash. a calabash is an african cook beincookingpot from wednesday tn mandela's body will lie in state in the union building in pretoria. there will be many memorial services throughout the country during those three days. there will be a state funeral. however we have information because at that funeral mandela's family and the world will say ghoob t goodbye to thet black president and nobel peace pricprize lauret
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 4:00am EST
event with speeches expected from the south african president, jacob zuma, u.s. president obama, and u.s. vernal -- certainly ban ki-moon - just a few of the speakers. the services are taking place at the f.n.b. stadium, built for the football world cup which south africa opened in 2010, and where nelson mandela had his last appearance. the stadium has room for 95,000, many dignitaries and heads of state and members of the public. there are locations sets up where people can watch the event at the memorial service on a big screen in case they can't get to f.n.b. stadium. one is orlando and dobsonville stadium in soweto. the others are further east in ellis park, and those that can't make it to any of those venues, there are big screens in public places in all provinces across the country. >> dignitaries began to arrive at the stadium for the ceremony. arch bishop desmond tutu joined by former president jimmy carter. f.w. de klerk arrived in the last half hour. he dismantled apartheid. f.w. de klerk passed legislation that repealed discriminatory laws transformer south africa into a m
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 2:00am EST
. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service next week. >> hello, welcome no al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford live from new york city. reinforcements on the town in trying to end the violence. nearly 400 people have been killed in the fighting in the past three days. france is dispatching more than 1,000 troops and the african union plans to double its forces. 10,000 have fled the capital. officials ordered everyone off the streets of bangui. for the latest on the crisis we start in bangui. a warning - you may find some of these images disturbing. >> french soldiers on food patrol in bangui. this is new to the city and welcomeded by men. they are here to reassure people enough to open up shops. at the moment there's no food or medicine. there's little the french can do about the growing sectarian violence between muslims and christians. >> translation: we muslims have been here for 200 years. they are killing us every day. anti-balaka christians killed more than 200. >> this is where many christiansar sheltering, close to
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 6:00am EST
africa for the memorial with president obama. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. >> officially much of the country is experiencing wintry temperatures. the major heardland took a beating from a storm. it's heading to the east coast. experts say it will last a day, but they are expecting snow, ice and rain. boston countries are preparing for lots of rain and 6 inches of snow. a wintry blast knocked out power and flights in idaho. >> a severe cold snap is blanketing the mid tox. in louisville texas an ice patch sent a driver out of control into the freezing waters. the driver was kill. rescue teams called in to pick up the truck. >> they had to get in the water and lift it out. >> from texas to oklahoma, turned over trucks, traffic black ice forcing drivers to creep along roadways. conditions so bad that people are braving the temperatures, walking to work. the freezing weather knocking out power at dallas fort worth international airport. 400 flict cancelled. setting up camps on the floor. hunker down. >> a foot of snow fell in illinois. the storm strexed into min
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm EST
in 2005 when obama was a senator in illinois. the president travelled to south africa in june but he was too ill to meet with mandela. libby casey joins us now. >> gratitude and so much remembrance has come pouring in from all over washington. president obama recalled how as a young man he was first inspired to political action back in college by going to an anti apartheid rally. and he talked about the role model that mandela. the president yesterday remembered his words that nelson mandela said he wanted to see an ideal, a society where there was democracy and freedom for all. >> nelson mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and said he has gone home. and we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> remembrances also come in from past presidents. stephanie? >> and libby several members of congress also expressing their admiration for mandela. >> i don't think there's one member of congress we haven't hear
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm EST
nelson mandela to south africa and the world that president obama took to the briefing room to talk about his reminiscenses and everything that nelson mandela meant to him. some time in the evening, you are right. the president placed a phone call to jacob zuma. he expressed condolences from himself and michelle obama. he called nelson mandela a man of kindness and humility, influencing his own life, and the president only met nelson mandela one time as a senator. he had visited south africa twice, once as a senator and once this past june with his family, unable to meet the ailing nelson mandela at this point. the president took to the briefing room, talked about the inspiration that nelson mandela was for him, talked about the anecdote. nelson mandela and a struggle against apartheid, inspired president obama as a student in the late '70s, and early '80s, to become involved in politics for the first time. let's listen to what obama had to say. >> we will not see the likes of nelson mandela again. it falls to us as best we can for the example that we set, to make decisions guided n
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 6:00am EST
the people of south africa. [cheers] the president of the united states of america, barack obama. euologizing and the first president and the first south african black president and they welcomed mr. obama, calling him the son of african soil. and the fact that we are americans aside, so far he has been clearly the superstar of this. he talked about mandela the man, not the disembodied icon, it was a moving speech and a historical moment. >> and let me join you on this and he looked rested and it's a long flight but it's airforce one and all creature comforts on airforce one and looked great and looked in total control. the speech started out i thought in kind of a workman like fashion and then there is the moment. you start the speeches and start slow and you build and then it started to hit its stride. at the time of self reflection that this, right, this is a moment for self reflection for everyone. and then there was the line about applying the lessons that everyone including the president of the united states, time to reflect on whether i am applying the lessons of nelson ma
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 12:00pm EST
companies joining forces to battle the nsa. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa. he is heading the u.s. delegation honoring nelson mandela. the president leaving on air force one just a few hours ago. former president george w. bush and his wife laura are also on board joining first lady michelle obama and the president. president's clinton and carter will attend the service scheduled for tuesday in south africa. george r. h.w bush is the only former president that will not be there. >>> alan is near johannesburg. he has more on how the people of south africa are remembering nelson mandela. and he's a father figure being honored in cities large and small 1234 absolutely, del, and people here and in nelson mandela square in the rain at 7:00 in south africa, a soggy evening, but it doesn't seem to offend the crowds much. they have been coming here constantly to the many tribute centers set up around the country for nelson mandela. now this is a very ritzy mall. this is really the heart of high-end retail in the city of johannesburg, and it is in one of the richest distric
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 10:00am EST
south africa. >> so barack obama also gave us one of the day's most memorable images. this is him shaking hands with cuba's leader. america has not had former diplomatic relations with cuba since 1959. above all the memorial was an opportunity for south africans to reflect on what mandela meant to them. >> he has made me so proud to be a south african, and i just think he embraces everything that we want for our land and i hope we're going to carry on with his legacy. >> we are all here for one golden aim. to celebrate the life of a hero. that permitted black people to operate free in their own country. >> i came here to celebrate the life of my hero, my leader, my future, my hope, someone who gave me hope. >> mike hannah is following events in johannesberg. we saw that remarkable show of unity with world leaders and people coming together. have they managed to digest and take in what happened at the stadium? >> it was very much the call for unity. it was very much the call among those who spoke from the podium, and the people sitting in the seats all around, there was that call f
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 12:00pm EST
inspired by a black man being president of south africa. >> reporter: the two met in 2002 when obama was a junior senator. he hoped to see him for a second time in 2013 but the meeting was abandoned because mandela was critically ill. in a statement president obama said . . . >> reporter: president obama and his family did visit the prison on robin island where mandela spent the majority of his incarceration. the first black president of the united states honoring the first black president of south africa, his certainal inspiration. >> your struggle, your commitment, and your discipline has released me to stand before you today. [ cheers ] >> reporter: nelson mandela a man beloved and admired throughout the world. >>> and south africa and the world still have a few more days to pay tribute to nelson mandela. beginning tomorrow and running through friday, mandela will lie in state. on saturday his remains will be flown to his childhood village. on sunday he will be laid to rest after funeral service. >>> secretary of state kerry testified about an agreement with iran. many are critical ab
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 5:00pm EST
one of the largest in the world. south africa's struggle would not have been denied by mandela. president obama touched on the human side of the global icon. >> smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs. he resisted such a life. [ cheering ] >> instead, madiba insisted on sharing with us his doubts and spirits. i'm not a saint, he said, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. ♪ >> joining us to discuss nelson mandela's commitment to reconciliation and the transfer imagination of south africa into a multi racial republic in cape down glenda, director of transformation services at the university of cape town. she was a commissioner on the south africaen commission. and dave stewart, chief of staff to former president declerk. here in our studio, senior scholar at the wilson center in washington, d.c. and author of "chained together: mandela, de clerc." my guests are very thoughtful people, the pause that you'll hear is not because they're taking a long time to think about it, but there is a little bit of a delay on the satellite with us this even
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 6:00pm EST
mandela received the nobel peace prize for leading south africa away from apartheid, tens of thousands gathered to celebrate his life. in johannesburg soccer stadium, buthe rain did not dampen the mood. president obama was among those paying tribute to a man who became a global icon. >> nelson mandela reminds us that it is possible and there are ways to get it done. south africa shows that it is true. south africa shows us that we can change. that we can have a world that is defined not by our differences but our common hopes. >> many came to honor nelson mandela, we talked with people who gathered to remember the father of mod dinne modern sout. >> reporter: 6:00 a.m. in a stadium known as soccer city was quiet and then suddenly it isn't. [ singing ] >> reporter: the gates open and the energy floods in. pouring rain drives the early arrivals into the covered upper deck. where they have no problems staying warm, and no doubts about why they are here. >> we are here to to celebrate. >> coming 800 miles from cape town to dance in the aisles and be part of the massive group fare
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 11:00pm EST
him. we expect president obama to travel to south africa for the furniture. >> we'll hear more about this in the coming days. >> we have a special guest. joining us is the former deputy president of the south africa and serves as the u.n. undersecrety general and executive director of u.n. women. it is good to see you. >> good to see you. >> can you tell me what ofs it like to work in south africa, in the government. >> specifically under nelson mandela, it was - at a time when we had just gotten into government so everything was new for all of us. we were optimistic, highly motivated, and to work for someone like him, who worked around the clock, you felt that you had to be up and about doing your work, because that's what the boss is doing, and he was much older than you. you had no excuse to be tilered. >> you had so much hope, yet the changes that he faced and you faced as a government were enormous. reconciliation grew out of that. how did it happen. >> when he came out of prison. when he took the step to become the president of the country. he was single-minded about making sou
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 7:00pm EST
america, with a look ata, today's top stories. a town in south africa is preparing for nelson mandela's funeral. that's where the former pettigrew up. president obama will attend along with current and former leaders from more than 100 countries. is u.s. will airlift african forces and equipment to bengai. sectarian violence has engulfed the country since march. uu.s. airway the carriers completed their merger today, creating the world's largest airline. four airline now control 80% of flights in the united states. lawmakers are back on capitol hill. congress has just a few days to vote on a laundry list of items including a new spending bill. the passage of this bill would help avoided another government shut down. a blast of severe weather causing big problems across the northeast is kevin just mentioned, power outages, car pileups and massive flight delays the national weather service is forecasting another storm for the, i 95 corridor from washington, d.c., to boston tomorrow. real money, with david shooter is next. plus what you don't know about and this is real money.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
obama was still a senator. nelson mandela. >> when south africa hosted the world cup tournament in july of 2010, he made his last major public appearance at the final games. the crowd honoring him with a thunderous ovation. >> never, and never agai again, shall it be will gain the experience, the oppressive, of one by another. and suffer the indignity of things to some of the world. >> signing up the effects are so glorious, a human achievement. god bless africa. in 1990, he visited new york and nearly 100,000 people gathered in harlem to hear him speak. tonight, outside the apollo theater, marque honored nelson mandela, that's where jordan martin is standing by, what are you hearing tonight? >> first john, it is pretty evidence you can see the marque you just mentioned it says in memory ol' nelson mandela, he changed our world. a lot of people here in hair held, and in new york in general remember when he came here, actually the marque was a big part of it. it said welcome home mr. and mrs. mandela. there were a huge crowds here, more than 100,000 people, there was a huge parade.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 2:00am EST
addition to the citizens of south africa dignitaries will attend. president obama will speak. he met nelson mandela at a washington d.c. hotel in 2005 when he was a senator. bill clinton, george w. bush and jimmy carter also part of delegation. >> david cameron, hamid karzai, steven harper. ban ki-moon, will people, and former general secretary kofi annan. prince charles is representing the throne. we'll have more from south africa with ali velshi who is on the ground. men american forces are being called on. chuck hagel is ordering the u.s. military to transport troops. 400 have been killed in fighting between christians and muslim groups. we go to the capital where the french troops are diffusing the crisis. looking like a muslim here can make you a target. the man dressed in white is surrounded by local christians. they say he's a seleka general. they want to kill him. he says he's a local businessman. the french intervene ordering people to move away. they arrest a muslim man taking him away. in another suburb of the city a man is carried to safety. he's been stabbed. locals accu
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm EST
? we have everything you need to know. >>> and remember nelson mandela. president obama, the first lady and from people from around the world, arrivings in south africa. -- arriving in south africa. >>> it is 6:00 a.m. in johannesburg and already, the crowds are forming for the official state memorial service for nelson mandela. it's not scheduled to start for about five more hours. it was a rainy night and some umbrellas this morning, more rain. 94,000, in the stadium, but authorities are expecting a lot more. about four other stadiums have been secured that totally that would fill about 125,000 more people if that overflow is needed. of course security is tight with all of the dignitaries arriving throughout the day. we are monitoring this event. we are going to have a live report on the latest developments on the scene in just a little while. >>> the state will be in attendance according to president obama and first lady michelle obama. jonathan betz has more on that. >> it's going to be a who's who of dignitaries. according to 100 have rsvped so far. oprah winfrey and the spice girl
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
2005, when obama was a senator. after one term as president mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a variety of causes. when south africa hosted soccer's world cup tournament in july 2010 he made his last major public appearance at the final game. the crowd honoured him with a thunderous ovation. his third wife, grassa michelle, the former first lady of mozambique was at his side during his battles with prostate cancer and lung infections that hospitalized him in the end. >> never, and never again, that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another, and suffer the indignity of being the scum of the world. the sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement. god bless africa. thank you. nelson mandela dead at 95. >> let's get to the white house, mike viqueira is the white house correspondent and he has reaction from president obama to the death of nelson mandela. mike? >> about 50 minutes ago president obama came into the james brady briefing room. no secret to the fact that nelson mandela was a
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm EST
. preparations are underway in south africa for the state funeral of nelson mandela. more than 90 heads of state will fly in for the event of the f and b stadium in suweto. president obama is on his way with his first lady michelle and bill clinton and george bush are on their way. mandela believed education was the foundation of a new south africa. but the legacy of apartheid is proving hard to overcome. al jazeera's feda gresse has the story. >> nelson mandela enjoying his favorite date, supporting and encouraging children in school. from the start of his career as an antiapartheid activist the statesman put education at the top of the schedule. to educate the nation's once depressed youth. in 1996, the suweto, then the language of oppression. linda molefe was one of those young students who rioted. he is now the principal of a secondary school one of suweto's most successful. he keeps eye over the classes acutely aware of the country's lessons. >> we are throwing without, knowing exactly. but later because of these little meetings or little held at night or in some corners they were trying to
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 4:00pm EST
gathered a crowd to celebrate the life of one man, nelson mandela. president obama joined dozens of world leaders both past and present, honoring the man that led south africa away from apartheid. inside for the moments honoring mandela. >> 6:00 a.m., in the stadium known as soccer city is quiet and empty, and then suddenly it isn't. the gates open and the energy floods in. pouring rain driving the arrival of the covered upper deck. where they have no problem staying warm. and no doubts about why they are here. >> that will make history. >> 800 miles from cape town to dancing the aisles anyone like this anywhere. so yeah, this is my final. >> in the stadium hallways roving bands of singers sweep people up with it. >> and gather outside in circles of noise and joy. >> we have been asking people all week long, whether this is a time of sadness or celebration, and on this day, the answer is clear. >> the rain never lets up, and of course it doesn't matter. >> in prison for 27 years just to be in the rain, come on. he has done so much more for us. and this won't dispatchen our spirits. >> fur
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 6:00am EST
the choice to lead. south africa kicks off 8 days to nelson mandela and leaders like president obama and predecessors will go to a service on tuesday, and many took part in prayer on sunday. lawmakers are do back in washington on tuesday and facing pressing matter before they leave town for the holidays and a massive defense bill and farm bill including controversial food stamp cuts but the most significant issue is the budget, a deal would avoid a government shut down like the one in october, more on the up coming week this congress is brian moore, brian good morning, a big week for lawmakers on capitol hill. >> it's a little bit of a replay of previous years, it's become a holiday tradition in washington playing beat the clock. congress is scrambling to get work done as most americans are getting ready to relax for the holidays and topping the agenda ending the budget bite that led to the government shut down. >> they are making progress and moving in the right direction and have not closed the deal. >> reporter: the fine print has been elusive. >> the key is not for a government s
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:30am EST
. efforts to keep them all safe and secure in south africa. >>> car pile ups massive air delays. >>> and major technology companies joining forces to battle the nsa. >>> president obama is on his way to south afr
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 2:00pm EST
, we've always been mindful we share him with the rest of south africa, africa and the world. well, the world is coming to pay a call on tuesday. confirmed tonight that president obama and 27 other heads of state will be here for the official memorial service on tuesday. that memorial service, by the way, will be broadcast on 90 big screens around this country. richelle. >> i would imagine so, and broadcast here as well. thank you so much. the commemorations are worldwide. many are gathered at the first african methodist episcopal church in los angeles to pay their respects. brian rooney is there and joins us with more now to tell us about how they're remembers nelson mandela at that church. brian, tell us more. >> reporter: richelle, this is one of the most important churches in all of los angeles. it's just a community center. there's a special service for mandela going on inside right now, and maybe we can look at a few pictures of that as we talk. people here feel a great connection to nelson mandela. this they look to him and thought about him and prayed for him all the years in prison. while the american civil rights movement was going on here in this country and
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 5:00am EST
parliament and calls for new elections. [chanting] a day of prayer in south africa for nelson mandela and leaders including president obama and three former u.s. presidents expected to attend tuesday's memorial service for the late south african president. >> and a crime was never committed a
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 8:00pm EST
south africa will begin a national day of mourning. on tuesday there'll be a funeral that president obama will attend. it will be one. biggest, emotional memorials we see in a lodge time. >> not just a memorial, but a week of reflection and prayer; is that correct. >> absolutely in a few hours we'll see mosques and churches, celebrating the man, remembering the man on duetuesday. it will be a huge memorial, 90,000 filling the stadium. on sunday a burial. nelson mandela said a man's life should end where it began. he'll be buried in qunu, where he was born 95 years ago. >> nick schifrin live in johannesburg. >> nelson mandela was a remarkable character. one of his guards said he couldn't help but grow close to nelson mandela on robben island. >> nelson mandela was my prisoners, he was my friend, a person you could look up to. if you want to know something. we as a country will miss him. >> he was nelson mandela's prison guard from 12 years, from 1978 until his release in 1990. >> the first children born at the end of apartheid are learning about it as history. we have more on the gen
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
provement that the economy added 200,000 jobs. the dow closed up almost 200 points. in south africa the long goodbye to nelson mandela. the icon will be laid to rest in a little over a week. and president obama will be attending the funeral along with other heads of state. >>> nelson mandela is being honored across the globe. i know we have the picture, there it is, green, yellow, red and blue in tribute to mandela, but not that long ago, david schuster, the united states' relationship with mandela was complicated.eporter: the presidd to make choices about what they were seeing in south africa and they often did not choose the interests of nelson mandela. >> reporter: as the flowers were placed as tributes pour in. >> we lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings. >> it's easy to forget a few decades ago the highest circle of american leadership considered nelson mandela an enemy. the african-american national congress received support from the soviet union. meanwhile, while jimmy carter supported the south african government, president reaganen pl
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 1:00am EST
as the world mourns. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 11:00am EST
. >>> president obama joined leaders around the world in mourning the death of nelson mandela. the president and first lady are expected to attend the state burial in south africa. they once in 2005 when the president was a senator in illinois. libby casey joins us now with reaction from are washington. good morning. >> good morning, stephanie. reactions are coming in from all corners of politics, and the reactions that are both personal as well as remembrances of political moments. president obama talked about how he was first inspired to get involved in politics as a college student to get to an anti apartheid rally. and he remembered the day that nelson mandela was freed from prison. he said it was a moment that he saw as a potential that was guided by their likes and not their fears. >> it calls to us to forward the example that he set. to make decisions guided not by hate but by love. to never discount the difference that one person can make, so strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. >>> george h.w. bush was in the presidency when nelson mandela was released from prison, a
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